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Strict laws for underage drinking in Florida

In a 2017 survey by the US Department of Health and Human Services, 27% of Florida teens between 14 and 18 years old admitted to drinking at least once in the past month. In that same month, 13% admitted to at least one instance of having more than four or five drinks in one sitting.

While these numbers are similar to the United States as a whole, strict laws in Florida can mean stricter consequences for your teenager.

The different types of assault and battery charges

There are many different reasons that people get into arguments and there are many different ways that people resolve these disputes as well. They can resolve them civilly by talking through the issues, but sometimes people resort to other forms of dispute resolutions such as yelling at each other and in some instances they may even become physical. One or both people may physically harm the other.

When people decide to resolve disputes in this manner, one or both could be charged with assault and/or battery. Assaults are threats of physical violence and battery is actual physical harm. There are different types of both as well. Simple assault or battery are for lower level offenses and are misdemeanors. However, people can be charged with aggravated assault and battery when there are subsequent offenses or serious harm done with intent. These are felony level offenses and carry more significant penalties.

Boating accident: Are you liable?

Even more boats are on the water during the summer season—especially during the Fourth of July holiday. The increase in the number of boats on the water causes an increase in the number of watercraft accidents.

Examples of watercraft accidents include property damage and personal injury. If there has been drug or alcohol use by either of the drivers, one or both will be held responsible. Additionally, if one driver was being reckless or otherwise putting people in danger, they are liable.

Drugs categories for drug charges

There are many different drugs that people in Florida use each day. Many of these drugs are prescribed and, therefore, are perfectly legal for people to use. However, there are many other types of drugs that are always illegal. People arrested for possessing or distributing these illegal drugs can face serious drug charges. However, the severity of the consequences depends on a number of different factors.

One of these factors is the type of drug the person possesses. Drugs are categorized into five different schedules with Schedule I being the most serious. Drugs categorized as Schedule I have a high likelihood of abuse and no medical use. Schedule II includes drugs that also have a high likelihood for abuse but do have some highly restricted medical uses. Schedule III is drugs with a lesser likelihood for abuse that also have some medically accepted uses. Schedule IV drugs have a low likelihood of abuse compared to the other schedules and have some medically accepted uses. Schedule V drugs have the lowest likelihood for abuse than all other schedules and have some medically accepted uses.

A BUI conviction can lead to serious penalties

Getting out on the water with a drink in hand may sound like an ideal way to spend a weekend. However, both Florida and federal laws prohibit boating under the influence. What happens after your day of fun out on the water ends in your arrest?

A BUI conviction can lead to serious consequences that you may be unprepared for. If a law enforcement officer finds your blood alcohol content (BAC) level to be over the legal limit of .08%, you could face substantial penalties affecting your freedom, finances and your ability to operate a boat.

Potential consequences for a first time DUI

Many people consume alcohol in Florida for various reasons and for the most part it is perfectly fine to do it. This is true even if people have consumed too much to drink. However, when people are intoxicated some of the decisions that they make can have bad outcomes. This could be that they embarrassed themselves or said things they regret. Other times the decisions can be dangerous for both the person and people around them.

One of these potentially dangerous decisions is to get behind the wheel and drive. In addition to being dangerous it can also lead to significant consequences for the person who is driving under the influence.

Florida felony drug crimes: a complex and uncompromising realm

Commentators on marijuana-linked topics frequently like to point out what they regard as a strongly growing trend of pro-pot sentiment across the country. And, indeed, some liberality in marijuana laws is on display. A number of states have legalized the use of recreational pot.

Florida is not one of them. Although the state does allow for the use of medical marijuana (subject to a detailed statutory scheme and multiple eligibility criteria), it has not followed the lead of other states by adopting a decriminalization scheme relevant to arguably lower-level criminal infractions.

Clermont Family Law Attorney: Who Gets The Pet In A Divorce?

Divorce is never easy, but it's a reality roughly 32% of married couples face in the United States. From Children to finances and everything in between, finding an equitable path between two parties at odds can be a challenge. Now add the beloved family pet into the fracas and an already strenuous situation has the capacity to become volatile. So when it comes to divorce in Florida, who is Fido's family? 

Clermont Family Law Attorney: What To Do When A Spouse Unexpectedly Files For Divorce

Arguing, tension, rinse, repeat. It's a scenario that plays out all too often for couples that find themselves merely co-existing in the same home and then it happens. Out of the blue, your significant other has decided to file for divorce and serve you with divorce papers. An honest self-evaluation will likely tell you that it wasn't as out of the blue as you thought but it doesn't make the hurt, shock or anger any less real. The reality usually is the divorce started a while ago but is made official when one or both spouses formally files for divorce. Divorce proceedings can take anywhere from a few months to years depending on the complexity of the family situation and quite frankly the animosity of the parties involved. So I'm sitting home in Clermont, Florida, divorce papers in hand; now what? When do I reach out to a Clermont Family Law attorney? The short answer is immediately so you can respond to the divorce petition.

DUI's in Clermont. Florida on the Rise This Holiday Season.

It's a festive time of year, where the message of "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" are reinforced. However it's important to note that driving under the influence (DUI) arrests peak during the periods between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. Factor in the time between Christmas and New Year, and the U.S. sees the average number of fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers rise 34 percent

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